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Moving update

It's been a crazy madhouse here the past few weeks.  Aside from the normal routine of home school, errands, church responsibilities, and (for my husband) work, we've been busy scheduling appointments, getting together with friends we'll miss when we're gone, going through and getting rid of the remainder of the stuff we didn't declutter when getting the house ready for market, and trying to sneak in a few moments to just rest. 

We had our initial household goods assessment done two weeks ago and last week we scheduled the movers.  They'll be packing up all our belongings on the 26th and loading them (and our cars) on the truck and shipping them out on the 27th.  They're estimated to arrive in San Jose by April 14.  This means we'll be living up to three weeks without any furniture.  All we'll have is what we can cram into 3 checked bags.  We won't even have carry-ons because we're bringing our three cats on the plane with us and they're considered carry-ons.  It's going to be interesting.  At least Bosch is providing us with two rental cars until ours arrive.  So T and I won't be stuck in an empty house (literally) the whole time. 

Last week, I took the cats to the vet to get their checkups and vaccines so we can take them on the plane.  Their reactions when we got home gave me a small-scale idea of how they'll probably react to being put on a plane and brought to a strange place and never seeing their home again.  Basically, Stormy (who is afraid of life) ran and hid under the bed, Chloe (who hates the world) ran around hissing at everything that moved and refused to eat for 2 days, and Pumpkin (who is just along for the ride) started whining for her dinner. 

Today, we scheduled our offical move date and booked our one-way flights to California for the 30th.  So this is it.  It's really happening.  (Not that we didn't reach the point of no return weeks ago....)  We've only got 18 more day left in New York.  I've got so many mixed feelings.  I'm so excited for the move and to start a new chapter in our lives and the adventures that await us, but I have spent the past 10 years of my life in New York and it's rather grown on me (except for the over abundance of evil white stuff, of course).  T has spent his entire life here.  He's lived in this house since he was 9 months old.  We have so many memories here.  It's sad to say goodbye to our house, to our friends, to Chriss' family.  I'm sad to leave my nature trail behind and Green Lake and the breathtakingly beatiful springs and autumns.  But I am thrilled to be only an hour from the ocean and so close to real mountains again.  And to be only a day's travel from my family... 

It's probably fortunate that I've been too busy to really think about it otherwise I'd have a much harder time leaving.  As it is, my last week here and having to say goodbye to all the people here that I've grown to really care about is going to be really tough.  So we're doing our best to make the most of our remaining days here and looking forward with hope for all the possibilities that await us. 

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Mar. 12th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Moving is hard. I remember eight years ago when I move here from Madrid I cried the last time I closed our home there, so many memories, so many friends.
But this time has taught me that changes are for good, who were real friends are still there and we visit each other and life is really better.
I hope it works that way for all of you!:)
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah it is hard. This is my 8th time moving. But you're right, it does show you who your true friends are. I have friends from moves when I was a teenager that I'm still in contact with. It's nice to know that no matter how much time goes by, whenever we reconnect, it's like we were never apart.
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the move! I must say I'm actually jealous that you are having movers come. When we moved (not quite as far) we had a 6 month old, me driving our car and Daniel driving the moving truck. Although we did have all our stuff when we got to our destination 4 days later.
One suggestion - pack a box of stuff that you'll need before the moving truck gets there (some basic kitchen stuff, a few of T's toys, etc) and mail it to yourself. It will make life much easier.
I'm excited that you'll only be 2 states away instead of a whole bunch (sorry, not willing to pull out a map and count.) You should plan a trip here in August ;).
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
All my other moves have been us doing everything ourselves and it sucks. So I'm very glad that we have movers this time. Although when we leave our temporary housing, we'll be on our own again.

I've already figured out that driving, we'll be 12 hours from my family SLC, so add another 2 for you. I don't know about August since we might be in the process of closing on a house (if ours sells by then. I hope so!), in fact I'm not sure we could afford a trip at all this year. But next year, I would love to go see everyone in UT and you can bet we'll make a trip out for the Vernal area to see you and your adorable family whenever we're there. I wish we could come out in time to see your new little one though. And hey, what a cool birthday that'd make for both of us, huh?
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
PS that last comment was from me (in case you couldn't guess)
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes PERFECTLY!
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! I could definitely use that. Now if only my house would sell!
Mar. 14th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Moving is awesome and hard all rolled together. Good luck with it all.
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Definitely. I'm so excited for our new adventures, but saying goodbye to everyone this week has been so hard.
Mar. 14th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
So glad you're not moving AWAY from me!
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Nope. However, driving-wise, I'll still be the same distance away. :P
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Change is difficult but it has its own rewards. We are so glad to know you will be closer. We hope the last two weeks go well.
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm excited to finally be in the same time zone again. I'm gonna have to get used to not counting backward 3 hours anymore.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Busy, busy, busy! And wow...three weeks without furniture?! Crazy! (But likely not as crazy as your cats will be as a result of this move...heh.) I hope all goes well for you guys. This is such a huge change, and while easily a difficult one, is likely exciting, too!
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Well... the furniture could get there anytime between April 4 and April 14. Knowing our luck, it'll be the latter. We'll just have to fill up our days by exploring our new home.
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